Exciting horse riding tours in the Mavrovo national park..

Overview

A Riding Expedition is a journey on horseback, which may entail a few hardships, but will reward you with an experience to remember and scenery which you might otherwise not have had the opportunity to see. Explore Macedonia's mountains on horseback!

Exploring National Park Mavrovo on horseback

Holiday on a horseback offers a firsthand experience of the riches of the Mavrovo National Park. This particular holiday is a great way to discover the beautiful countryside far from the clutter of the urban life. Join us and visit places with beautiful scenery, mighty mountains, crystal clear rivers and waterfalls, smooth and vast green highlands. Lodging in old villages, enjoy the taste of domestic food products offered in the local sheepfolds, sometimes by the fire or sometimes simply in the nature, sitting on a rock in the middle of a pasture, taking pleasure in the splendors of life and nature.

Day trips

Exploring the Mavrovo National park on horseback

Spring/summer season (June-October)

Forest Experience Tours

1. Exciting Forest experience (Galicnik – St. Petka - Galicnik)

For those who love the outdoors we offer the perfect ride. Departing from Galicnik village, our guide will lead you trough the deep forest with break at the river springs and visit of the smallest church on the Balkan - “St. Petka”, where you can enjoy a light snack. During the ride you will see the mountain peaks of Krcin, Stogovo, panoramic view of village Galicnik, canyon of river Radika and many forest springs with pure crystal mountain waters.

Note: Lunch is not included in this trip, it can be bought optionally (payment on the spot). 

Approximately 2 hours of riding

Departure time: 09:30am

2. Adrenalin Forest experience (Galicnik - Selce - Tresonce - Lazaropole)

This is an exclusive forest package for those who want a quick getaway. On this trek you will ride through the forest of Sushica and downhill riding to the village of Selce and Tresonce, with panoramic views of the north side of mountain Stogovo. On the way to Lazaropole you will pass through the village Tresonce experiencing the folklore and the old village architecture, crossing of the river and arrival to Lazaropole for a break and BBQ.

Note: Lunch is not included in this trip. It can be bought optionally. 

Approximately 6-8 hours of riding

Departure: 9.30am
Lunch break: 14.00am (local dishes, salad, dessert, local beverages) 
Arrival: 17:00-19:00pm

5 days trip

Explore Mavrovo national park on a horseback (5 days trip)

A Riding Expedition is a journey on horseback, which may entail a few hardships but reward you with an experience to remember and scenery which you might otherwise not have the opportunity to see. Three days in Mavrovo National Park – spending time with Vasko, our horse riding guide and instructor. This tour is for those who want to enjoy the treasures of the mountain. Riding uphill along the valleys of Bistra mountain, you will enjoy the wide and never-ending open views of countless number of mountain peaks. On this trip you will get closer to the shepherds life by visiting few sheepfolds, experience the traditional way of cheese making and just enjoying the nature of Mavrovo. This is a soul rewarding tour with breathtaking scenery.

Proposal itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Skopje

А local guide from Skopje will be at your disposal to take you to some of the local secret places, take you for a drink and dinner at a local traditional restaurant.
Overnight in Skopje (3*/4* hotel)

Day 2 Mavrovo national park - Exploring the Miyak area

07.30 Breakfast
09.00 Departure to ranch in Galicnik
10.30 Arrival at the ranch. The guests will be welcomed with drinks.
11.30 Milking goats and cheese preparation
13.00 Picnic lunch (fresh meat provided directly from the ranch) followed by wine and cheese tasting *
14.30 Safety equipment handout, Safety and Procedures briefing, Practical explanation of western style of horseback riding (non-riders are also welcome)
15.30 Departure to the mountain village of Lazaropole on a horseback (forest mountain ride) (3,5 hours forest ride)
On this trek you will ride through the forest of Sushica and downhill riding to the village of Selce and Tresonce, with panoramic views of the north side of mountain Stogovo. On the way to Lazaropole you are passing through the village of Tresonce experiencing the folklore and the old village architecture.
19.00 Arrival in Lazaropole and accommodation at a local mountain hotel for a dinner and an overnight
19.30 Traditional dinner (game dishes typical for the Miyak area)

Day 3 Mavrovo national park - Riding day in Bistra

07.30 Breakfast
09.00 Starting the preparations, which will include saddling and bridling of the horses
10.00 Departure to the base camp located deep in the mountain Bistra on a horseback (4,5 hours high level mountain ride)
This is an adrenalin ride which is taking you around the highest peaks of the Bistra mountain, with incredible view of Korab massive (2,764 meters/ 9068ft).
12.30 Picnic lunch (Snacks and fruit)
13.30 Departure to the base camp
15.30 Arrival to the base camp
- group activities are planned such as: setting up the sleeping tents, starting a bonfire along with dinner preparation which includes a lamb, done in a traditional way
18.30 Dinner will be served next to the bonfire followed by live traditional music (overnight in tents).

Day 4 Mavrovo national park - Riding day at the Mavrovo lake area

08.00 Starting breakfast preparations
09.00 Breakfast
10.00 Departure to Mavrovo Lake on a horseback
12.30 Arrival to Mavrovo Lake and lunch at local traditional restaurant (fresh river trout)
14.00 Departure to the ranch of horse club on a horseback (ride along the lake shore and up to the high mountain peaks)
17.30 Arrival at the ranch
18.30 Farewell dinner at the ranch (overnight in tents)

Day 5 Departure day

Breakfast and transfer to Skopje airport. End of program.

Tour difficulty level: 4/5 

Price:

Please inquire (pricing depends of group size)

Important note: The itinerary above is full round trip (start and finish in Skopje), we also offer shortened itinerary (3 days of riding; 2 overnights; all meals) for guests who are already in Macedonia and can arrange their own transport to the village of Galicnik (starting point of the trip). 

Included:

- Guidance 
- Overnights and meals as per program (4 overnights, 3 days riding, 4 breakfasts , 4 lunches, 4 dinners, 4 workshops: goat milking , cheese preparation, saddling and bridling of the horses, gathering goats and horses from pastures to the ranch) 
- Entrance fees for NP Mavrovo
- Beverages at the ranch (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
- All transfers (as per program)
- Helmet for horse-riding activities;
- Tents
- Jeep support for safety backup and transport (food, tents and all other luggage)

Not included:

- Transfers to Macedonia
- Travel insurance
- Back protectors for horse-riding activities
- Beverages at restaurants
- Sleeping bags
- Individual expenses
- Tips 

Important information:

- Starting/finishing point: Skopje
- Departures: On request, between June and October (there are no guaranteed departures)
- Group size: 2-12 participants
- On these rides you need to take a little more care to pack the appropriate clothing, as well sun & wind protective gear
- We cater to different dietary requirements (You need to notify us before arrival)
- You will ride only with light backpack or simply with nothing on your backs, because your luggage will be transported with jeep to the ovenight location
- The itinerary can be suited in accordance with Your flights



8 days trip



Explore Mavrovo national park on a horseback (8 days trip)

A Riding Expedition is a journey on horseback, which may entail a few hardships but reward you with an experience to remember and scenery which you might otherwise not have the opportunity to see. This holiday is for those who want to enjoy the treasures of the mountain. Riding uphill along the valleys of Bistra mountain, you will enjoy the wide and never-ending open views of countless number of mountain peaks. On this trip you will get closer to the Sheppard’s life, visiting few sheep farms, experience the traditional way of cheese making and just enjoy the nature. This is a soul rewarding holiday with breathtaking scenery. 

Proposal itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Skopje

А local guide from Skopje will be at your disposal to take you to some of the local secret spots of Skopje, and arrange Your dinner at a local traditional restaurant.
Overnight at hotel (3*/4* hotel)

Day 2 Horse riding in Mavrovo national park - Miyak area (cca 3hrs 30 min forest ride)

On this trek you will ride through the forest of Sushica and downhill riding to the village of Selce and Tresonce, with panoramic views of the north side of mountain Stogovo. On the way to Lazaropole you are passing through the village Tresonce experiencing the folklore and the old village architecture.

07.30 Breakfast
09.00 Departure to ranch in Galicnik
10.30 Arrival at the ranch. The guests will be welcomed with drinks
11.30 Milking goats and cheese preparation
13.00 Picnic lunch (fresh meat provided directly from the ranch) followed by wine and cheese tasting
14.30 Safety equipment handout, Safety and Procedures briefing, Practical explanation of western style horseback riding (non-riders are also welcomed)
15.30 Departure to the hunting village of Lazaropole on a horseback (forest mountain ride)
19.00 Arrival in Lazaropole and accommodation at local mountain hotel, followed by dinner and overnight
19.30 Traditional dinner (game dishes from typical of the Miyak area)

Day 3 Horse riding in Mavrovo national park - Bistra area (cca 4hrs 30 min high level mountain ride)

This is an adrenalin ride which is taking you around the highest peaks of the Bistra mountain, with incredible view of the Korab massif (2,764 meters/ 9068ft).

07.30 Breakfast
09.00 Starting the preparations, which will include saddling and bridling of the horses
10.00 Departure to the base camp located deep in the mountain Bistra on a horseback
12.30 Picnic lunch (Snacks and fruit)
13.30 Departure to the base camp
15.30 Arrival to the base camp
- group activities are planned such as: setting up the sleeping tents, starting a bonfire along with dinner preparation which includes a lamb, done in a traditional way
18.30 Dinner will be served next to the bonfire followed by live traditional music (overnight in tents).

Day 4 Horse riding in Mavrovo national park - Mavrovo lake area (cca 5hrs ride)

This is an adrenalin ride which is taking you along the lake shore and up to the high mountain peaks

08.00 Starting breakfast preparations
09.00 Breakfast
10.00 Departure to Mavrovo Lake on a horseback
12.30 Arrival to Mavrovo Lake and lunch at a local traditional restaurant (fresh river trout)
14.00 Departure to the ranch on a horseback
17.30 Arrival at the ranch
18.30 Gala dinner at the ranch (overnight in tents or local guest house)

Day 5 Horse riding in Mavrovo national park - Mt. Medenica (2163m) (cca 7hrs ride)

This trip will get you closer to the sheppard’s life, visiting few sheep farms and tasting traditional white cheese and yogurt. Our guides will takes you up to the highest peak Medenica (2163 m.)

09.00 Breakfast
10.30 Departure to the highest peak of the Bistra massif, Mt.Medenica (2163 m) on a horseback
13.00 Arrival to Medenica (2163 m) with break and snacks
13.30 Departure to a nearby sheepfold on a horseback
15.30 Arrival at the sheepfold for lunch (traditional cheese and dairy products)
17.00 Departure to the ranch on a horseback
18.30 Arrival at the ranch
19.30 Dinner at the ranch (Overnight in tents or local guest house)

Day 6 Horse riding in Mavrovo national park - Country life pt.1 (cca 3hrs 30 min ride)

These is an exclusive forest ride. Departing from the ranch, our guide will lead you through the deep forest with break at the river springs and visit of the smallest church of the Balkans - “St. Petka”, where you can enjoy a light snack. During the ride you will see the mountain peaks of Krcin, Stogovo, panoramic view of village Galicnik, canyon of river Radika and many forest springs with pure crystal mountain waters.

09.00 Breakfast
10.30 Departure to the oldest little church Sv. Patka locate deep in the forest on a horseback
11.30 Arrival to the church with break and snack
12.30 Departure to the ranch on a horseback
13.30 Arrival at the ranch
14.00 Picnic lunch (fresh meat provided directly from the ranch) followed by wine and cheese tasting
15.30 Departure to Stopance (1hrs 30 min round ride ) on a horseback
17.00 Arrival at the ranch
18.00 Workshop ( collecting goats and rest of the horses from pastures to the ranch)
19.00 Dinner at the ranch (overnight in tents or local guest house)

Day 7 Horse riding in Mavrovo national park - Country life pt.2 (cca 4hrs 30 min ride)

This trip will get you closer to the Sheppard’s life, visiting few sheep farms and tasting traditional white cheese and yogurt. Our guides will takes you to experience riding at the hight level mountain valleys with huge open space surroundings.
09.00 Breakfast
10.30 Departure to the sheepfold located deep in the mountain on a horseback - different destination from Day 5
12.30 Arrival at the sheep farm with lunch (traditional cheese and dairy products)
14.00 Departure to the ranch on a horseback - different destination from the morning ride
16.30 Arrival at the ranch
18.00 Departure to Skopje with van
19.30 Arrival and accommodation at hotel in Skopje (3*/4* hotel option available)
20.00 Dinner at local restaurant
А local guide from Skopje will be at your disposal to take you for a drink and dinner at the traditional restaurant in the bohemian district of Skopje.

Day 8 Departure day

Checkout after breakfast, followed by transfer to the Skopje airport. End of program.

Tour difficulty level: 4/5 

Price: 

Please inquire (pricing depends of group size)

Important note: The itinerary above is full round trip (start and finish in Skopje), we also offer shortened itinerary (6 days of riding; 5 overnights; all meals) for guests who are already in Macedonia and can arrange their own transport to the village of Galicnik (starting point of the trip). 

Included:

- Guidance 

- Overnights and meals as per program (7 Overnights , 6 days riding, 7 breakfasts, 7 lunchs, 7 dinners , 4 workshops: goat milking, cheese preparation, saddling and bridling of the horses, gathering goats and horses from pastures to the ranch)
- Entrance fees for NP Mavrovo
- Beverages at the ranch (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
- All transfers (as per program)
- Helmet for horse-riding activities;
- Tents
- Jeep support for safety backup and transport (food, tents and all other luggage)

Not included:

- Transfers to Macedonia
- Travel insurance
- Back protectors for horse-riding activities
- Beverages at restaurants
- Sleeping bags
- Individual expenses
- Tips 

Important information:

- Starting/finishing point: Skopje
- Departures: On request, between June and October (there are no guaranteed departures)
- Group size: 2-12 participants
- On these rides you need to take a little more care to pack the appropriate clothing, as well sun & wind protective gear
- We cater to different dietary requirements (You need to notify us before arrival)
- You will ride only with light backpack or simply with nothing on your backs, because your luggage will be transported with jeep to the ovenight location
- The itinerary can be suited in accordance with Your flights

 

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Horse riding in Mavrovo:

Prices

Price (per person):

Horse riding day trip: 

Exciting Forest experience: Please inquire (price depends on group size)

Adrenalin Forest experience: Please inquire (price depends on group size) 

3 days / 8 days horse riding trips: 

Please inquire (price depends on group size)

Included:

Inclusives are provided in the trip sections. 

Not included:

Inclusives are provided in the trip sections.

Scheduled dates:

- Day trips can be scheduled every day (June-October) for 2-12 participants (there are no guaranteed departures)

Additional information:

- Locations: Mavrovo national park

- Minimum required: 2 persons

- Best time to go: June - October

- Duration: Various (depending on tour option)

- Reservations: 2 days before for day trip ; 7 days before for 3 day trip

- Time of departure: Daily, early morning hours

- Confirmation for this trip is received within 24h

- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated

Equipment check list (for day trip):

- Comfortable walking shoes

- Warm clothes for mountain weather conditions

- Sun cream

- Sleeping bag

The equipment checklist for the longer trips (5 days / 8 days) is provided in the trip sections.